Here, Folkersma talks about the support of the Darwin scene, how he prepared for the competition, and his approach to bartending.
Having made the Top 16 rounds of the Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year sponsored by BACARDÍ & De Kuyper in his two previous attempts, this year saw Russell land at the pointy end of the comp.
It was his second attempt at the Bartender of the Year competition sponsored by BACARDÍ & De Kuyper and the second time Jet Hauge from Isabel, Bondi has cracked the Top 8.
Damien Kos-Beckwith is the first ever bartender from Geelong to reach the lofty heights of the Top 8 in the Bartender of the Year competition sponsored by BACARDÍ & De Kuyper. Hailing from the 18th Amendment Bar, here Kos-Beckwith talks regional bars, rum and his plans for a podium finish in 2020.
Billie-Jean Bray from Lord Byron Distillery Bar in Byron Bay made the Top 8 in the 2019 Bartender of the Year competition sponsored by BACARDÍ & De Kuyper. Here she talks about confidence and her plans for 2020.
Paul Hammond has for the last few years been the guy driving things at the award-winning Bulletin Place — here’s how he experienced Bartender of the Year.
In 2014, Jenna Hemsworth made the Top 8 of the Bartender of the Year. In 2015, she came back with a stellar performance and placed second on the podium. And, after a year off in 2016 and a Top 16 finish in 2017, this year was her year. Ladies and gentlemen, Jenna Hemsworth is the 2018 Bartender of the Year.